"Justice without force is impotent,
force without justice is tyranny.
Unable to make what is just strong,
we have made what is strong just."
Blaise Pascal
(1623- 1662) French mathematician and philosopher
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Well put and it even has truth.
 -- Me Again     
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    This is true and it has always been evident that criminals are criminals even when wearing badges while committing crime. "The only thing worse than a criminal is a cop that is a criminal." -- G■l■k Zolt■n Leenderdt Franco Buday; 1996, Vancouver, BC Mayoral Debate.
     -- G■l■k Zolt■n Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
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    The most dangerous thing of all is to be right when the government is wrong.
     -- Anonymous     
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    Our tyrannical government is strong (think FBI, CIA, military, etc.), but it is also corrupt and often void of justice.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    i dont really understand this quote but it seems to be really cool
     -- Anonymous, chesapeake     
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    Well, that may have been his view before 1662.

    But then, Blaise was a mathematician.

    What was he thinking?
     -- anonymous     
  • 4
    The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, by its strength, enforces anti-justice through its tyranny and calls it something other than a rose.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I think I understand what he is saying, but it is not well said. Force is always wrong except in self defense. If self defense is justice in his mind, then I agree.
     -- Howard, Bangkok     
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     -- jim k, austin tx      
    An observation of corrupted government, made strong. He was at odds with Catholic doctrines. As also the Jesuits. Siding with Gods grace and Lutheran doctrines of a sort. The Protestant Reformational movement. The French have their on way, but still came to our call.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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     -- E Archer, NYC      
    Howard force is what is needed to build a house. Also force is what, is needed to maintain the upkeep of said house ! Self defense,( self rescue ) is a process of life and continuance of the balance you create. Seeking after that which good is !
    This quote is a Proverb, a nut with two sides, written by a very astute observer of human nature. Looking at not only the physical, but the spiritual nature, that nature that encompasses us all ! Love worketh no ell to his neighbor.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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     -- Mary - MI      
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